Dec 8, 2013 9:00am PST
today, reaction from key lawmakers following reports from state tv in iran that u.n. nuclear inspectors have started their visit to the iraq heavy water plant. inspectors were allowed in as part of the deal reached last month. >> what i'm concerned about is that we have not dismantled their program and yet relieved the sanctions. >> what i think the administration needs to push for in this negotiation is a peaceful program without enrichment. and i wouldn't begin the process by conceding anything on enrichment. >> president obama says he believes chances for comprehensive nuclear agreement with iran are 50/50 at best. >> but what i've consistently said is even as i don't take any options off the table, what we do have to test is the y at we can resolve this issue diplomatically. >> and the president made those comments while participating in a think tank panel on saturday. >>> now to the incredible outpouring of emotion and worship in south africa today. millions of people, regardless of their race, color, or religion, unified in prayer, song, and remembrance in honor of nelson mandela.
Dec 7, 2013 9:00am PST
. with respect to the pakistan, there was never the kinds of inspection regimes and international sanctions and u.n. resolutions that were in place. we have been able to craft an international effort and and verification mechanism around the iran nuclear program that is unprecedented. and unique. that doesn't mean it's easy. and that's why you know, we have to take it seriously. but i think one of the things that i've repeatedly said when people ask why should we try to negotiate with them, we can't trust them, you know, we're being naive, what i try to describe them is not the choice between this deal and the ideal. but the choice between this deal and other alternatives. i mean, if i had an option, if we could create an option in which iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program and foreswore the possibility of ever having a nuclear program and for that matter got rid of all its military capabilities, i would take it. but. >> last question. >> but sorry. haim, i want to make sure everybody understands. that will particular option is not available. as a consequence, we have